Arlene Shirlee is creating a graphic novel!
14

patrons

$67
per month

Over the past 20 years, I’ve published oodles of humorous stories and essays, created dozens of videos, written and performed comedic material on stage, composed two albums worth of music, and have created hundreds of comics.

I couldn’t have achieved any of this, if it weren’t for the love and support of my friends, family, and especially you! My fan folk.

Now, I'm happy to announce my biggest most baddest project to date! A book! A whole book!

"Crooked Tooth" is an illustrated collection of short stories and essays about how I overcame my body dysmorphia as relates to my smile. For many years I thought I had a garbage smile, because my teeth are crooked, and I have a birthmark on my lip that resembles Herpes Simplex II. I never discussed my feelings about my mouth with anyone, because I felt it was impolite to share self pity. Instead, I wrote about my mouth. Words led to more words. Family legends became unearthed. I was visited by the ghost of my grandmother who literally died while trying to fix her crooked smile, back in the 1950's. The more I wrote, the more I grew to accept the messy mouth I'd been given. Where once I refused to discuss my mouth dysmorphia, now I am ready to share my story with the world!

Will you pledge to adopt me, as your artist? Your money helps keep me stocked in Pilot P700 gelly roller pens, and paper. It keeps my spirits up to know there are folks out there who dig my work, enough to throw a few dollars at me every month.
Tiers
Sweet Crumbles
$2 or more per month
Weekly blog posts, comics,  RSS feed, and unflattering selfies! 
Donut Holes
$5 or more per month
Weekly blog posts, embarrassing photos, and comics, and audio clips from my ORAL COMEDY JOURNAL. 
Apple Fritter
$8 or more per month
Weekly blog posts, embarrassing photos, comics and intimate audio clips from my oral journal, and an autographed copy of  my book: "It's Not Herpes It's a Birthmark" when it's published. 
It's Your Birthday
$10 or more per month
Weekly blog posts, embarrassing photos, comics and intimate audio clips from my oral journals, videos, AND A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY SURPRISE FROM ME every year. 
Goals
14 of 100 patrons
The first 25 people to sign up, will get a FREE copy of the sneak-preview zine: "It's Not Herpes, It's a Birthmark." Sneak previews from the book to come! 
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Over the past 20 years, I’ve published oodles of humorous stories and essays, created dozens of videos, written and performed comedic material on stage, composed two albums worth of music, and have created hundreds of comics.

I couldn’t have achieved any of this, if it weren’t for the love and support of my friends, family, and especially you! My fan folk.

Now, I'm happy to announce my biggest most baddest project to date! A book! A whole book!

"Crooked Tooth" is an illustrated collection of short stories and essays about how I overcame my body dysmorphia as relates to my smile. For many years I thought I had a garbage smile, because my teeth are crooked, and I have a birthmark on my lip that resembles Herpes Simplex II. I never discussed my feelings about my mouth with anyone, because I felt it was impolite to share self pity. Instead, I wrote about my mouth. Words led to more words. Family legends became unearthed. I was visited by the ghost of my grandmother who literally died while trying to fix her crooked smile, back in the 1950's. The more I wrote, the more I grew to accept the messy mouth I'd been given. Where once I refused to discuss my mouth dysmorphia, now I am ready to share my story with the world!

Will you pledge to adopt me, as your artist? Your money helps keep me stocked in Pilot P700 gelly roller pens, and paper. It keeps my spirits up to know there are folks out there who dig my work, enough to throw a few dollars at me every month.

Recent posts by Arlene Shirlee

Tiers
Sweet Crumbles
$2 or more per month
Weekly blog posts, comics,  RSS feed, and unflattering selfies! 
Donut Holes
$5 or more per month
Weekly blog posts, embarrassing photos, and comics, and audio clips from my ORAL COMEDY JOURNAL. 
Apple Fritter
$8 or more per month
Weekly blog posts, embarrassing photos, comics and intimate audio clips from my oral journal, and an autographed copy of  my book: "It's Not Herpes It's a Birthmark" when it's published. 
It's Your Birthday
$10 or more per month
Weekly blog posts, embarrassing photos, comics and intimate audio clips from my oral journals, videos, AND A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY SURPRISE FROM ME every year.